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NTSB Preliminary Report: Omaha, NE

 

Location:

Omaha, NE

Accident Number:

CEN19LA121

Date & Time:

04/16/20190730 CDT

Registration:

N109PD

Aircraft:

Bell OH 58A

Injuries:

2 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Public Aircraft

On April 16, 2019, at 0730 central daylight time, a Bell OH-58A helicopter, N109PD, impacted terrain during an autorotation following a partial loss of engine power near Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the Omaha Police Department as a public aircraft operations flight under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time of the accident. The flight originated from the North Omaha Airport (3N0), Omaha, Nebraska, at the time of the accident and was destined for Blair, Nebraska.

According to the Omaha Police Department, shortly after takeoff and climbing through about 200-250 ft above ground level, the pilots recognized an audible horn, low rotor RPM, and a loss of engine power indications in the cockpit. The flying pilot, who was seated in the right seat, entered an autorotation in an attempt to recover rotor RPM. The pilots observed the best suitable landing area was north and west of 3N0. Upon touchdown in the soft terrain, the forward landing gear skids dug into the terrain, and the helicopter rocked forward and backward which then caused the main rotor blades to contact the tail boom. The helicopter came to rest upright with the tail boom separated from the airframe.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N109PD

Model/Series:

OH 58A No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Omaha Police Department

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

OMA

Observation Time:

0552 CDT

Distance from Accident Site:

7 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

11 knots / 90°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

 

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Omaha, NE (3NO)

Destination:

Blair, NE (BTA)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

2 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

2 None

Latitude, Longitude:

 

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Aaron M Sauer

Additional Participating Persons:

Timothy Kray; Federal Aviation Administration; Lincoln, NE

Jack Johnson; Rolls Royce Corporation; Indianapolis, IN

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.






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